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4.0 out of 5 stars Captive in Iran-Persecuted, April 2, 2013
This review is from: Captive in Iran: A Remarkable True Story of Hope and Triumph amid the Horror of Tehran's Brutal Evin Prison (Hardcover)
The Apostle Paul

Polycarp

John Hus

Watchman Nee

Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Saeed Abedini

Those names, and more, are pretty familiar to those who follow the church, especially the persecuted church. I have something more pressing I ask every time I read of a past martyr or a present martyr for the cause of Christ.

One Question haunts me: Could I take the stand these and thousands of others have? If I was arrested for my faith, put under intense scrutiny, suffering extreme persecution, could I would I be able to remain strong?

My answer? I hope so. But really, how would I know? I won't until or unless I come under that type of fire!

Enter Captive in Iran, a book by two Iranian ladies who became followers of Jesus and were arrested for their faith. Maryam Rostampour and Marziyeh Amirizadeh converted to Christ from Islam; met at a theology school in Turkey in 2005; then decided to work together by returning to Iran in order to share Jesus. All was going well until one day they were arrested for promoting Christianity. The charges were for apostasy, anti-government activity, and blasphemy, for which they faced execution by hanging. They languished in a detention camp enduring endless questioning and impossible conditions, until being transferred to the dreaded Evin Prison (ironically a prison they could see from their apartment window). They then endured 259 days in Evin while awaiting their "day in court." They were pawns in a very broken and biased court system. Their case garnered international attention thanks to the internet and other media. Appeals were being made by all corners of the world (except the Muslim world) for their freedom. Finally, their freedom became a reality. Eventually, the two moved to Atlanta, Georgia.

This is a story of a faith that haunts me with the questions I asked above. They made it through totally deplorable conditions only by the strength and grace of God. Along the way, they show their faith is more than words. They befriend women of all ilk, status, political persuasion, and beliefs. Some are hostile, but most come to them for prayer, encouragement, help, and friendship. Even guards and government people realize there is something that holds these two together. Their faith moved from the streets of Iran to the prison of Iran.

While I had a few minor issues concerning beliefs, that would not stop me from recommending this book. I learned of two women whose faith was tested and found real under horrendous circumstances. Along the way, I learned a lot more about Islam, its beliefs, the lopsided court system, and the oppressive regime many believers languish under. It is well worth your read.

Tyndale House Publishers provided me with a complimentary copy of this book for review. I was not required to give a good review.
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Initial post: Aug 27, 2013 7:53:56 AM PDT
mers says:
Your questions regarding the strength of your own faith are very interesting, and very typical of persons of faith in this free country of ours! I'm a pk (preacher's kid) and I've been asked just about every question in the book regarding my faith, the various versions of Christianity, and so forth. If the questions about your ability to "keep the faith" under the very harshest of conditions were asked of me, this is what I would answer: "in the New Testament, the Acts of the Apostles and Paul's letters to the Churches, specifically, there are several places where believers are told what to do if/when they are arrested, must appear in court, are questioned by persons intent on punishing them in some way, etc. To paraphrase, anyone who faces the need to speak, testify, witness, etc. is told not to worry about what they will say ahead of time, but know that the Holy Spirit will give them the words they need when the time comes. I think that probably applies to actions as well! Don't know if that helps you any, but there's my two-cents worth! Good review, excellent personal anecdote which makes the review even better! And no, I'm not preaching here :) Just recalling something I've read.... Thanks again for the review. I really want to read this book!
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